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“The light from world-wide spaces

Works on within with living power;

Transformed to light of soul

It shines into the spirit depths

To bring to birth the fruits

Whereby out of the self of worlds

The human self in course of time shall ripen.”

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The Calendar of the Soul by Rudolf Steiner, translated from the German by Ruth and Hans Pusch.

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“I feel strange power, bearing fruit

And gaining strength to give myself to me.

I sense the seed maturing

And expectation, light-filled weaving

Within me on my selfhood’s power.”

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The Calendar of the Soul by Rudolf Steiner, translated from the German by Ruth and Hans Pusch.

“I feel enchanted weaving

Of spirit within outer glory.

In dullness of the senses

It has enwrapt my being

In order to bestow the strength

Which in its narrow bounds my “I”

Is powerless to give itself.”

The Calendar of the Soul by Rudolf Steiner, translated from the German by Ruth and Hans Pusch

“Surrendering to senses’ revelation

I lost the drive of my own being,

And dreamlike thinking seemed

To daze and rob me of my self.

Yet quickening there draws near

In sense appearance cosmic thinking.”

The Calendar of the Soul by Rudolf Steiner, translated from the German by Ruth and Hans Pusch

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Sometimes when things start to feel fuzzy for us, when we begin to get confused and overwhelmed in our thinking, we need to turn to our feelings.  Let our heart guide us.  Let our gut guide us.  Step aside from the intellectual toward the intuitive.

This can be really tough for us.  We rely on our logical, thinking selves to guide us safely through life.  Concrete, science- and fact-based thinking seems like protection.  It’s predictable and it’s got almost a rule book.  If we do this, then that happens.  If I do this, then that other person will do that.  If I take this plan of action, then I can expect this outcome.

Good stuff, actually, this linear, logical thinking.  I used it all the time in my 20s and it served me quite well.

Until.

Until it no longer did.  Until I hit a major life snag that logical, linear thinking could not solve.  I felt overwhelmed and stuck in my head.  And it was scary!  I had no idea what to do or how to move forward.  That dazed state robbed me of my Self.

But, it was a catalyst toward a more integrated approach.  Once I surrendered, an opening appeared.   A beautiful, light-filled opening.  True safety.  Truth.  Love.  Wisdom.

Now, I didn’t know that at the time.  It was a long-ish process, this awakening.  I wasn’t exactly looking for it or expecting it.  I was more throwing myself down in the sand and letting the waves roll over me.  But, Spirit knew what she was doing and all the building blocks began to line up in a perfect row — and my Life began to bloom.

Allow yourself to open to your own inner wisdom and greatness.  Set aside your mental focus for a bit and get in touch with your senses.  Allow yourself to feel.  Allow yourself to get a little swept away in your sensations.

Be gentle and beautiful with yourself.  Love yourself and your feelings — your inner feelings and your outer feelings.

Let yourself experience cosmic thinking — the thinking of the cosmos through your body, heart and mind.

“And when I live in senses’ heights,

There flames up deep within my soul

Out of the spirit’s fiery worlds

The gods’ own word of truth:

In spirit sources seek expectantly

To find your spirit kinship.”

The Calendar of the Soul by Rudolf Steiner, translated from the German by Ruth and Hans Pusch

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Oh my gosh, the beauty of this verse!

Can you feel the difference in the elements here — so fiery?  So passionate?  So full of mighty action?  I can feel the intensity of the Hawaiian goddess Pele and Archangel Michael in this verse.

Also speaking the truth.  Sometimes it takes an inner fire to propel us toward right speech.  Courage and passion.

There will be times when we need the propulsion of fire to move us into position to receive our kinship with each other and with the divine.

Now, remember, friends.  Fire doesn’t equal anger.  Yes, sometimes anger is fiery.  But, that’s not what I’m talking about here.  Remember the picture of fire being transforming.  Remember the picture of the phoenix.  Destruction and resurrection.  Remember that some plants can only sprout once the seeds have been touched by fire.

Fire isn’t only pure destruction.  It is power.  It is used for cooking and melting, transforming things.  How can your inner fire transform a part of you?  How can you express the transformation?  And how will the transformation bring more in line with God’s purpose for you — and Your purpose for yourself?

Love to you today!

I’m a little behind on this because I had guests for a while.  Sending those dear friends off with a big kiss:

M M M W W W A H H H !

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“The radiant beauty of the world

Compels my inmost soul to free

God-given powers of my nature

That they may soar into the cosmos,

To take wing from myself

And trustingly to seek myself

In cosmic light and cosmic warmth.”

The Calendar of the Soul by Rudolf Steiner, translated from the German by Ruth and Hans Pusch

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Mmmmmm . . .  I love this little verse.  Can you imagine your Self — your highest expression, your highest potential — pure love, pure wisdom, pure right-action — lifting up and out of the confines of your body, radiating upward and outward into space?  Can you imagine seeing your Self in the cosmos and being amazed at its beauty?

Try it!

Blessings today!

“In this the sun’s high hour it rests

With you to understand these words of wisdom:

Surrendered to the beauty of the world,

Be stirred with new-enlivened feeling;

The human ‘I’ can lose itself

And find itself within the cosmic ‘I’.”

— Rudolf Steiner, The Calendar of the Soul, translated from the German by Ruth and Hans Pusch

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Isn’t it great how this little verse ended up on this year’s Summer Solstice?  Happy Solstice!  Happy Father’s Day!

So, yes, today as we took in the longest day of the year, the sun rested for us and warmed our heart space to begin to see that the human “I” can melt into the larger, cosmic “I”.

As you know, if you read my little blog, I do a bit with A Course In Miracles.  One concept from ACIM that matches very well with this Steiner verse is the concept that we are all Christ.  Each of us is a unique expression of Christ.  We need to begin to see that Truth within ourselves and then we need to begin to see it in others.  In all others.  In everyone.  No exceptions.

It’s a journey, getting to that perspective.  Hey, but let’s journey!

Let’s begin to feel our connection with the divine.  Let’s suspend our limited beliefs about what God is like.  Let’s allow our perspective to widen to the edges of the universe as we consider the breadth of God’s love.  And, let’s consider that we are that love as well.

Let’s be the light that chases away the darkness.  Let’s keep lighting our light off of each other’s, sharing ours with others.  Let’s keep passing the torch to one another, around and around, sharing light, love and warmth with each other.  Let’s forgive what needs to be forgiven — in ourselves and in each other (and, don’t forget, there’s really no one else anyway — we’re all one, big, cosmic “I”).

And, friends.  Don’t worry about changing the world.  You don’t have to think that big right now.  Start with yourself.  Love yourself — illumine yourself from within.  Forgive yourself — wash yourself clean of guilt, anger and fear.  Those two very basic (but don’t fool yourself — they’re not always easy) processes — love and forgiveness — will change you from the inside out.

Then, as you go out into the world, loving and forgiving everyone you see (yes, even that rude driver . . . yes, even that nasty receptionist) you will begin to change the ripples of vibration that surround you and others will feel that.

And, that is changing the world — by changing yourself.

Happy Solstice!  Happy Father’s Day!

“When I forget the narrow will of self

the cosmic warmth that heralds summer’s glory

fills all my soul and spirit;

to lose myself in light

is the command of spirit vision

and intuition tells me strongly:

o lose yourself to find yourself.”

– Rudolf Steiner, The Calendar of the Soul, translated from the German by Ruth and Hans Pusch

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Oooh!  I *love* this little verse!  It immediately speaks to me of glorious surrender.  Mmmmmmm, what a great feeling!  Slipping into that light-filled space where all the love and wisdom of the cosmos reside.  Being wrapped in a mantle of starry sparkles.  Being aware of the breadth and depth of truth.  Feeling the completeness of heavenly love.  Receiving the gift willingly and fully.

Mmmmmmmmm . . . .

Yes, that *is* what surrender can be like.  Beauty and peace beyond words and human expression.

However, I understand that surrender doesn’t feel like that right away.  Surrender can be really scary if you haven’t done it before.  It can feel like you’re standing with your back to a cliff and someone tells you to fall backwards and you’ll be caught.

What!!  How is that possible!!  There’s nothing there except certain death!!  You scream.  You clutch.  You resist.  (And, please know that I could easily write  “I scream.  I clutch.  I resist.”  Oh, believe me, I know this place very well.)

So, maybe you lean back just a wee bit.  And, you think you’ve done it.  *And*, you have!  It’s a beginning.  You’ve overcome some of your fear.  And, you didn’t die.  You didn’t perish.  It wasn’t really *fun* and it certainly wasn’t *peaceful*, but you did it.  And we celebrate that!

Then, you try it again when you’re ready (forgetting the narrow will of self) and you’re feeling the pull toward it (the command of spirit vision and intuition).  You stand there again at the edge of the cliff, but this time you notice the gorgeous scene that surrounds you (the cosmic warmth).  It’s really *beautiful* here!  Yes, and imagine what you *can’t* see until you fall backwards . . .

You try again.  You lean back a little more and maybe you feel that support, maybe you don’t.  But, maybe this time instead of feeling dread, you feel a little exhilerated.  Maybe not.  Keep trying this process as you feel guided.  There’s no need to push yourself or feel guilty about anything.  It *will* happen when the time is right.  You will release all of the fear that is holding you back, once all of it is released (yes, it’s circular because it’s circular).

Then, one glorious day, you’ll willingly, fully, Nestea plunge all the way back (losing yourself in light).  Arms stretched out in full surrender!  You’ll soar on the updraft.  You’ll nestle into the hands of God.  You’ll be surrounded by the feathers of angels’ wings.

You will lose yourself and find yourself.

And, oh, my friends, what a day that will be!

“The senses’ might grows strong

United with the gods’ creative work;

It presses down my power of thinking

Into a dreamlike dullness.

When godly being

Desires union with my soul,

Must human thinking

In quiet dream-life rest content.”

— Rudolf Steiner, The Calendar of the Soul, translated from the German by Ruth and Hans Pusch

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Mmmmmmm . . .

Just soaking this little number in . . .

Calling you to allow your mental thoughts to go into a sweet little rest while allowing your senses to heighten, your intuition to blossom.

Definitely a call to meditation.  How about meditating in a sunbeam?  How about in a moonbeam?  How about in front of a campfire?  Or while gazing at a candle?  Or while petting the cat?  Or rocking a baby?  Or running your fingers through the grass?  Or someone’s hair?  Or while floating in the pool?  Or the bathtub?  Or while scrunching your toes in the sand?  Or squishing your fingers in a ball of wet clay?

How can you begin to move into feeling-ness instead of thinking-ness?

Mmmmm . . .  Of course, I choose yoga!  🙂

Set aside thinking for a little bit and begin to feel all there is to feel.

“My self is threatening to fly forth,

Lured strongly by the world’s enticing light.

Come forth, prophetic feeling,

Take up with strength your rightful task:

Replace in me the power of thought

Which in the senses’ glory

Would gladly lose itself.”

Taken from The Calendar of the Soul by Rudolf Steiner, translated from the German by Ruth and Hans Pusch

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Find your inner voice!  Trust your intuition!  Let your higher self guide you!  Let the gaining light and warmth of the nearing summer bring out your own inner light and inner fire of passion.  Let what you know to be true, deep within yourself, guide you to find your soul’s and life’s purpose.  Let go of some of the analytical thinking in favor of what your heart is telling you.  What feels “right”?

As always, I’m no anthroposophical teacher (not even a very long-term student), but I get a “feeling” from these little verses.  They’re so pretty!

Love to you!  Blessings from above and from deep within.

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